Burton Albion 0-1 Morecambe

Morecambe celebrate Ryan Williams' match-winning goal at Burton. Picture: Mike Williamson
Morecambe celebrate Ryan Williams' match-winning goal at Burton. Picture: Mike Williamson

Ryan Williams grabbed the headlines once again with the only goal of the game - even though he didn’t know much about it.

Williams is best known for scoring wonder goals from set pieces but on this occasion was in the right place at the right time to turn a Kevin Ellison shot past Burton keeper Jordan Pickford just after the half hour.

It was the sort of good fortune Morecambe had been missing in the last few weeks and they never really looked threatened from there against a Burton side who had won three games in a row without conceding a goal before the match.

The Brewers started the game on the front foot and could have taken the lead on six minutes when Adam McGurk deflected a low cross from Chris Hussey goalwards but saw his effort blocked by Barry Roche’s outstretched right foot.

Morecambe then hit the woodwork when Jack Sampson diverted Ellison’s cross against the left-hand post as Jim Bentley’s side looked to get back in the game.

But Burton hit back again with McGurk particularly looking dangerous.

The former Tranmere man forced a good save from Roche with a free-kick from distance before drilling a long-range shot well wide when he may have been better looking to find a team mate.

But the Shrimps struck at a perfect time when Ellison’s powerful shot hit the back of Williams’s head to give home keeper Jordan Pickford no chance.

The second half began with both sides having chances in quick succession.

Andy Fleming forced Pickford into a superb save low to his left before Billy Kee tested Roche at the other end with a shot from 25 yards.

The game then became a midfield battle and the game was taken over by a series of scrappy bookings which although frustrating, seemed to benefit the Shrimps as the home side failed to find any fluidity.

The Shrimps still looked threatening on the break with Marcus Marshall producing a superb cross which curled inches away from the on-rushing Ellison.

Any hopes of a Burton comeback were lost when on loan Preston defender Shane Cansdell-Sherriff was sent off in the final minute of normal time for a second yellow card after hacking down Ellison.

With the three points secured the Shrimps were given a further lift when striker Jack Redshaw was brought into the action for the first time this season after his summer hip operation much to the delight of the travelling supporters.

Burton Albion: Pickford, Edwards, Sharps, Cansdell-Sherriff, Hussey (Knowles 78), McCrory, Palmer, Weir, Kee (Symes 69), McGurk, Phillips (McDonald 58). Subs not used: Diamond, Bell, Lyness, Dyer.

Booked: Palmer, Sharps, Cansdell-Sherriff.

Sent off: Cansdell-Sherriff.

Morecambe: Roche, Wright, Parrish, Hughes, Threlfall, Williams, Drummond (Kenyon 76), Fleming, Amond (Redshaw 86), Sampson (Marshall 69), Ellison. Subs not used: Diagne, McGee, Mwasile, Arestidou.

Booked: Wright, Hughes, Fleming, Kenyon, Ellison.

Referee: Tim Robinson.

Attendance: 2,702